Noise Restrictions At Red Rocks Amphitheatre, EDM to Blame

first_imgRed Rocks Amphitheatre, the gorgeous outdoor venue in Denver, CO, is responding to local complaints by enforcing a new noise restriction policy. According to a Denver Post article that interviewed Kent Rice, the director of arts and venues in the city, EDM is to blame.“It is a particular kind of music that has become more popular in the last five years. which is why complaints have gotten more frequent,” said Rice. “Local residents were complaining that “windows rattle, buildings shake and the earth hums whenever an electronic dance music concert is held.” In response to the local unrest, Red Rocks brought in a noise consultant to assess the situation. In turn, the new rules limit average noise levels to 105 decibels after midnight (on weekdays) or 1 a.m. (on weekends). Additionally, low-fequency noises must be limited to 125 decibels. Artists could be charged up to $10,000 per every five infractions. While some may feel that these new rules are restrictive, Michal Menert, a frequent performer at Red Rocks, thinks they might help emphasize the music. In a second Denver Post article, the DJ commented, “If anything, this is going to bring more dynamic out in the music because it will allow more frequencies to breathe. It will be less in-your-face sound coming at you and more dynamic.”What do you think? Are these restrictions necessary to appease local residents, or will they reduce the quality of EDM performances at Red Rocks?-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img

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